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November 16, 2018

Boom for farmers as China agrees to import Avocados, mangoes

Trdae CS Peter Munya with Chinese government officials while signing the formal Sanitary and  Phytosanitary Agreements./ COURTESY
Trdae CS Peter Munya with Chinese government officials while signing the formal Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreements./ COURTESY

Kenya will now export avocados, french beans, mangoes, peanuts, and hides and skins to China.

"After a week of delicate negotiations, formal sanitary and phytosanitary agreements have been signed between Kenya and China for Kenya‘s Agriculture produce to enter the Chinese market," Nzioka Waita, State House Chief of Staff tweeted on Friday.

Other products that have been approved are legumes, vegetables and fruits, herbs, meat, bixa, macademia nuts, gum Arabica, myrrh and Asian vegetables like chilli and karela.

Waita said Kenya and China have also formally launched their technical working group to commence negotiations on the expansion of trade opportunities and review of tariff and non-tariff barriers.

This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed concern about the trade imbalance when he visited China for bilateral talks last week.

Read: Uhuru takes on China, demands 'mutually beneficial' trade deals

Also read: Uhuru asks China to give preferential treatment for African goods

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